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Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour

Hotel Class
4 out of 5
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4.8 / 5Exceptional
11 reviews


  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Free parking
  • Kitchen


What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Currency Creek Winery
    12 min walk
  • Popular Location
    12 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Steam Exchange Brewery
    12 min walk

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    About this area

    Goolwa North

    Located in Goolwa North, this cottage is on the waterfront. Goolwa Golf Course and Currency Creek Estate Wines are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those looking for area attractions can visit Urimbirra Wildlife Park and Nangawooka Flora Reserve. Our guests appreciate the property's quiet location.

    What's nearby

    • Popular Location
      Currency Creek Winery - 12 min walk
    • Popular Location
      Bremerton - 12 min walk
    • Popular Location
      Steam Exchange Brewery - 12 min walk
    • Popular Location
      Bleasdale Winery - 12 min walk
    • Popular Location
      Goolwa Wharf Markets - 3 min drive

    Getting around

    • Goolwa Station - 3 min drive
    • Adelaide, SA (ADL) - 68 min drive

    About this property

    Boathouse - Birks River Retreat - Birks Harbour

    4-star Rivewalk cottage near Artworx Gallery
    Along with a marina, this smoke-free cottage has dry cleaning and laundry facilities. Free continental breakfast, free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, a 24-hour front desk, tour/ticket assistance and a garden are on-site. The cottage boasts a fireplace and offers a kitchen and a balcony. Comforts include a pillowtop bed and Egyptian cotton sheets, and guests will also find conveniences, such as a sofa bed and a full-sized fridge/freezer. Housekeeping is available once per stay.
    This cottage offers 3 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with fireplaces and DVD players. Rooms open to balconies. This individually decorated and furnished accommodation includes queen sofa beds and desks. Pillowtop beds feature Egyptian cotton sheets, down comforters and premium bedding. Accommodation at this 4-star cottage has kitchens with full-sized fridge/freezers, microwaves, kitchenware and utensils and espresso makers.
    Bathrooms include a shower. Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottles of water and a ceiling fan. In-room massages and an iron/ironing board can be requested. Housekeeping is provided once per stay. Renovation of all guestrooms was completed in January 2017.

    Entire place

    You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.



    Check-in available 24 hours
    Minimum check-in age - 18

    Special check-in instructions

    There is no front desk at this property. To make arrangements for check-in, please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation.


    Check-out before 11:00 AM

    Children and extra beds

    • Children are welcome.
    • Rollaway/extra beds are available for AUD 100.0 per stay.


    • Pets not allowed

    Payment types


    Important information

    Optional extras

    The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

    • Rollaway bed fee: AUD 100.0 per stay

    The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

    You need to know

    Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
    Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
    Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
    • No on-site parking is available.

    Property is also known as

    • Birks Harbour Marina Luxury Accommodation House Goolwa
    • Birks Harbour Marina Luxury Accommodation House
    • Birks Harbour Marina Luxury Accommodation Goolwa

    Property amenities


    • Beach sunloungers


    • Manicures/pedicures


    • Free WiFi

    Parking and transport

    • Free self-parking


    • Fridge (full size)
    • Microwave
    • Espresso maker
    • Electric kettle
    • Cookware/dishes/utensils
    • Coffee/tea maker


    • Free continental breakfast available daily 8:00 AM–9:00 AM


    • Premium bedding
    • Down comforter
    • Linens provided
    • Pillow-top mattress
    • Egyptian cotton sheets
    • Rollaway/extra beds: AUD 100.0 per stay
    • Queen sofa bed


    • 1 bathroom
    • Shower only
    • Towels provided

    Living spaces

    • Fireplace


    • 50-inch TV
    • DVD player

    Outdoor areas

    • Balcony
    • Terrace
    • BBQ Grill
    • Garden
    • Picnic area


    • Dry cleaning/laundry service
    • Laundry facilities

    Work spaces

    • Laptop workspace


    • Air conditioning
    • Ceiling fan
    • Heating


    • No pets allowed


    • Wheelchair-accessible parking
    • Smoke-free property

    Services and conveniences

    • Tour/ticket assistance
    • Limited housekeeping
    • Luggage storage
    • Iron/ironing board (on request)
    • In-room massages
    • Free bottled water

    Location highlights

    • Near the ocean
    • On the river
    • On the waterfront
    • Near the boardwalk

    Things to do

    • Mountain biking, whale watching and ecotours nearby


    • 3 rooms
    • 3 buildings
    • Built in 1910

    Nearby activities


    • Horse riding nearby
    • Bicycle rentals nearby
    • Ecotours nearby
    • Boat tours on site
    • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
    • Mountain biking nearby
    • Hiking/biking trails nearby
    • Fishing nearby
    • Kayaking nearby
    • Skydiving nearby
    • Swimming nearby
    • Sailing nearby


    5 - Excellent
    4 - Good
    3 - Okay
    2 - Mediocre
    1 - Poor
    Service and Staff
    Property condition

    5/5 Excellent

    • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

    A hidden gem

    Was absolutely ecstatic to find this little gem as a surprise for my husbands birthday. As he knows this area very well, it was great to find something he didn’t know was there. From the moment we pulled in from the road, we were in love. The location, presentation, cleanliness, thoughtfulness - all 5 plus extra stars. Very thoughtful touches. The bed and pillows were so comfortable. Phil & Wendy are great hosts and the private cruise on the wooden boat was a real highlight. We will definitely be highly recommending this property as well as becoming return visitors.

    Stayed 2 nights in Jul. 2019

    4/5 Good

    • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

    Stayed 2 nights in Jan. 2019

    5/5 Excellent

    • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

    Boat house perfection

    What an amazing place to stay. Everything has been thought of to create absolute perfection. Beautifully decorated, private and comfortable. You feel a part of the private marina and the sound of the water is so relaxing. This is one of the best places we have ever stayed and would come Back to South Australia just to stay here again. Thank you for sharing your amazing boat house Kim Laurie Boyd December 2018

    Stayed 2 nights in Dec. 2018

    5/5 Excellent

    • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort


    It was. The most beautiful appointed with free breakfast which was really good if we were ever that way again it would be our first place to go the hosts were great

    Stayed 2 nights in Nov. 2017

    5/5 Excellent

    • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

    Wonderful Stay in Goolwa

    Goolwa is such a lovely small town. The River Retreat we have stayed in is located by the river, with a bikeway along the beautiful and tranquil river coast, which is perfect for a stroll, jog or cycling. The Retreat is very cosy and comfortable. The kitchen is very well-equipped, including an oven. Our host is very friendly and helpful in assisting our check-in, as we had difficulty in retrieving our original instruction of the check-in process. Everything is thoughtfully provided here. Goolwa is a convenient place to base in for exploration of the neighbourhood. It is just a 10-minute drive from Middleton, where we have seen a good number of whales in Basham Beach. Port Elliot and Victor Harbor are also just 15-minute drive away. Hindmarsh Island and Murray Mouth are just 10-minute drive across the bridge.

    Stayed 3 nights in Aug. 2017

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